About the Nutrition Program

Beginning in 2014, Youthprise took on an essential role as a hub--- coordinating, recruiting, training and supporting programs in serving snacks and meals year-round. In 2019, we supported 61 Nutrition sites across the Twin Cities and served over 284,000 meals to over 6,000 young people ages 6 - 18. The Youthprise model is specifically designed to eliminate barriers to participation where there is a great need for assistance in providing meals. Youthprise was sought out to initiate a sponsorship role in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that would allow small to medium size youth-serving organizations to serve free meals through federal nutrition programs, thus allowing their money to be put back into program and staffing instead of food for their youth.

Our Nutrition Program is a part of our Health and Safety focus area. Our goal is to promote the health and safety of young people by meeting basic needs and holistically addressing health concerns that impact youth in our communities. When young people are out of school, they shouldn’t have to worry about where meals are coming from. Year-round meals are provided to youth at trusted locations in the community, where youth are not only encouraged to participate in programming but also have the space to provide input into their menus. The Youthprise Nutrition Program provides meals at public libraries, recreation centers, faith communities, schools, and local youth-serving nonprofits.

* 3/11/2020 Update: Meal Support during the Saint Paul School Strike *

Youthprise offers expanded meal support in Saint Paul during the teachers' strike.

Below is a list of open locations:

For questions, please contact Christa at 612-564-4858 ext. 89 or Christa@youthprise.org.
For additional information on the Saint Paul Public Schools Strike, visit the official website of the city of Saint Paul here.

 

The Nutrition Program draws upon two federal meal programs: The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers afterschool meals for students during the school year, and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers meals for summer program participants during the summer.

For Youth and Families

Find a site near your home or hang-out!

Open Nutrition Hub Sites (Last updated 1/28/2020)

For Youth Organizations

Interested in partnering with Youthprise to apply for federal meal support? Find out if you qualify!

Summer Meals enrollment opens February 2020. Select application "2020 Summer Meals"

CACFP Afterschool Meals enrollment open until February 2020. Select application "19 - 20 At Risk After-School Meals"

Join other sites across the Twin Cities Metro in serving well-balanced and nutritious meals to the youth of Minnesota. Eligible organizations include libraries, recreation centers, schools, churches, community centers, and more! Sites must be in a school data area or census area where 50% or more of the youth served that fall within poverty levels.

You can expect:

  • Easy electronic reporting
  • Access to training and technical support
  • Hot and cold meal options
  • Directly-delivered meals
  • Culturally-specific menus
  • Regularly-adjustable meal quantities
  • A 21-day menu cycle
  • Flexible scheduling (you select the day and time of day)
  • Bagged meal options for field trips
  • Prepackaged meal options for libraries

For more information, contact the Nutrition Program Director, Christa DeBoer at Christa@youthprise.org or 612-564-4858.

For Donors and Funders

What Makes Youthprise Different?

Young people are involved in all aspects of our work. Youthprise employs summer youth Nutrition Interns to support sites and coordinate the program. Additionally, Youthprise equips sites with the tools to ensure that young people have opportunities not only to be served, but to be a part of leading the program.

Youthprise works with local community partners who already have relationships with young people. Through these partnerships, Youthprise provides meals to youth in over 5 counties and is looking to serve state-wide in the future.

Youthprise works with youth and local vendors to develop culturally-relevant menus that youth enjoy while still meeting the program requirements.

Youthprise takes a holistic approach to nutrition. Through collaborative efforts with our partners; we provide additional research, nutrition education, physical activity programming, and agricultural education to more holistically address food insecurity for Minnesota youth.

Our Growth Stats 2015-2020

2015

10 Nutrition Program Sites Established
67,000+ meals served!

2016

23 Nutrition Program Sites Established
125,000+ meals served!

2017

40 Nutrition Program Sites Established
223,000+ meals served!

2018

52 Nutrition Program Sites Established
253,000+ meals served!

2019

60 Nutrition Program Sites Established
284,000+ meals served!

69,000+ total served!

225,000+ total served!

461,000+ total served!

715,000+ total served!

999,000+ total served!

As of January 2020, we have served our 1 Millionth Meal!

To join this success story:

  • Donate to Youthprise so that parents and families can eat alongside the youth; 
  • Download the Summer Eats app to find a summer meal serving program near you; 
  • Participate in the local census to ensure your community qualifies for federal meals;
  • Reach out to a local community center to see if they qualify to serve meals;
  • Ask your local policymakers to increase their support for the program; or
  • Contact Christa at christa@youthprise.org to learn more!

 

Youthprise is proud to be an equal opportunity provider. This program is supported by the Minnesota Department of Education, the United States Department of Agriculture, and other funders and partners.